The concept of cultural integration is becoming more and more complicated nowadays.
A masked ISIL [Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant] representative claimed in an anonymous video “This [the Manchester attack] is only the beginning. The lions of Islamic State of Iraq and Sham are beginning to attack all the crusaders … ” [source] .
Violence, fear and sorrow push people to embrace anger and racism.
The religion can help people to have a better life, but it can be also used to manipulate weak minds, with no difference among Christianity, Buddhism, Taoism, Islamism and others. There is no geography, when human rights are under attack.
Western world is currently crying its victims, but Western young generations forgot/ignore that their culture and lifestyle has been created also through the massacre of people belonging to more ancient local cultures, all around the world.
All started from greed and egoism.
AMERICAS. From the colonial period of the early 1500s through the twentieth century, the indigenous peoples of the Americas have experienced massacres, torture, terror, sexual abuse, systematic military occupations … [source] . The colonists were looking for quality lands for breeding, agriculture and urban development.
AFRICA. Between 1881 and 1914 happened what It is also called the Scramble for Africa: In 1870, only 10 percent of Africa was under European control; by 1914 it had increased to 90 percent of the continent. Every sort of brutality happened in Africa, due to the rivalry among colonists. Why this happened? To help Africa’s local people to have a better life? Of course not. Colonizers were particularly looking for metals and minerals.
MIDDLE EAST. Since 1960’s, USA Government became more and more interested to the political life of given Middle-East Countries. A sequence of wars and/or political tensions started: Iraq, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Libya, Syria, Turkey. Because of a pure coincidence, all these Countries have a particular economical and strategic importance considering their oil availability and/or geographical position for its control.
Just to recap: quality lands, metals and minerals, oil. Thousands of people suffered and died because of the interests linked to these resources. These people lived along different centuries, in different countries, and they belonged to different cultures. They all had the same destiny. I would consider all these event as related to “Terrorism”. Or we use the word terrorism only when the attackers are from middle-east?!
USA and most of the Western Countries took part to these atrocities, directly or indirectly. As Westerns we cannot ignore this. We have to take our responsibilities now. We cannot ignore them.
A lot of people from different countries lost their families, their houses, their cultural identity, their lives, sometimes. Now their ghosts are claiming something back to the western world. To react again with army and cultural violence will not turn things for good.
People who want to live in peace, no matter their religion and their past, must help each other, creating a tangible or intangible community. Nobody must be alone.
The ones who will continue to suffer within their solitude will be more exposed to extremism, ready to be easily manipulated, ready to accomplish a new massacre.
“Walking with a friend in the dark is better than walking alone in the light” [Helen Keller] .